About Us

Denise and Jono Hi, we are Jono and Denise and are both born and bred Kiwis.  Jono is 51 years old, was born in the South Island, grew up in Oamaru and Dunedin and spent many adventurous summer vacations in Wanaka.  Denise is 50 years old, was born in Taupo, grew up in the rural city of Hastings (the Fruit Bowl of NZ) and went to university in Palmerston North.  Denise just celebrated her 50th birthday on Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

We grew up in an era of riding bicycles to school and as our main mode of transport.  This is still our preferred mode, particularly in cities.

We have lived in Auckland since 1998 on and off for over 10 years residing in the city suburbs of Parnell and Orakei.  Together we have lived, cycled and worked in many cities in New Zealand and overseas including:

  • Wellington, New Zealand for 13 years;
  • Sydney, Australia for one year;
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for one year;
  • Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada for one year

In addition we have travelled extensively around the world:

  • Europe and UK: Ireland, England, France, Italy and Spain
  • Asia: Vietnam, China, Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Africa: Tanzania which included climbing Mt Kilimanjaro
  • North America: We spent 6 months travelling from the west coast of Canada to the east coast and then returning to the west coast via USA in a VW Westfalia camper.  We had two Dahon fold-up bikes so we could explore further on two wheels
  • We have visited 23 states of USA, including Alaska via the Northwestern Passage
  • We have visited 9 provinces and territories of Canada

We have been active in sports and the outdoors all our lives, in particular running, cycling, swimming, skiing and a variety of watersports.  We have competed in many events over the years including triathlons, rowing, dragon-boating, kayaking, surf skis and standup paddle boards.

We also completed the following:

  • New York Marathon, and many half marathons in New Zealand both on-road and trail
  • Round Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge as individuals.  This is a 160km circumnavigation of NZ’s largest lake in a day.
  • Day/Night Thriller and Moonride in Taupo and Rotorua.  Both as 12 hour mountain bike relays
  • Molesworth Station multi-day mountain bike trek in the South Island, self-supported
  • Hiking the Milford Track and Routeburn Track
  • Hiking the Cinque Terre in Italy

Our favourite towns and cities around the world include New York, Paris, Sydney Australia, Vancouver Canada, Victoria Canada, Boulder Colorado USA…and in most cases explored by bike.

These days we lead a simple and relaxed lifestyle based on enjoying travel as travellers not tourists, meeting interesting and engaging people, eating healthily and being active everyday, trying new things and challenging ourselves.  On top of this, having a positive attitude and having fun at the same time is what life is all about.

Our preferred two wheelers around town are single-speed bikes.  The simplicity and pure joy of riding these bikes takes us back to our childhood.  They are a lot of fun to ride.  When we can, we take these bikes with us when visiting cities.

Jono and Denise